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Children who are overweight or obese, have diabetes or have high cholesterol can develop Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a disease in which too much fat is stored in the liver. The extra fat in the liver can become Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), the most severe form of NAFLD, causing swelling and scar tissue. Over time, NASH can lead to cirrhosis, which can result in liver failure and loss of liver function. Usually the disease is reversible through weight loss if it is in the early stages and no scarring is found.
The Steatohepatitis Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helps identify NAFLD and NASH in childhood so treatment interventions can be initiated to reverse and resolve the disease before progression to end-stage liver disease can occur.
A diagnosis of NASH or NAFLD can have long-term consequences for your child. Our team works with you, your child and your family to address the unique challenges of these diseases, from dietary concerns to the danger of obesity.
We provide evaluation, management and preventive therapies to give your child the best outcome as you manage his disease. Our gastroenterology program was rated No. 4 in the country in the list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report. Read more about who we are and the diseases we treat on our Services page.
To best manage your child’s care, please contact us to schedule an appointment with us ahead of time.
What is fatty liver disease? How is it treated? We explain to patients and families the risk factors and treatment options for the elimination of excess weight.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is now thought to be the most common liver disease worldwide, but the Steatohepatitis Center, featuring our cutting-edge research and clinical trials, can help.
We have evaluated over 400 patients since 2008. For more information about the Steatohepatitis Center, or to see a physician, have your physician complete a referral form or call 513-636-7611.
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition was rated No. 4 in the country in the 2015-16 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
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